Tens of thousands of visitors descended on Coventry to visit the world-famous Turner Prize exhibition.

The Turner Prize, one of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, opened on September 29 at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

It is your last chance to see the cream of contemporary art, as the exhibition draws to a close on Wednesday, January 12.

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This is the first time the Turner Prize has been hosted in the Midlands, and marked a huge moment for Coventry.

Organisers had hoped for it to be a knockout, and have told CoventryLive feedback locally and from across the globe has been “incredible.”

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‘A truly historic moment for the city’

Belfast-based activist group the Array Collective were crowned this year’s Turner Prize winners at a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral on December 1, scooping up the £25,000 prize.

Francis Nielsen, cultural and creative director of Culture Coventry, said: “It has been wonderful to be able to present the Turner Prize here in Coventry – a truly historic moment for the city when it comes to arts and culture.

“We’ve welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum to see the work of the five shortlisted art collectives – including the winner, Array Collective.

“As ever, the Turner Prize has stirred a lot of interest and opinion nationally and internationally and it has been great for Coventry to have that spotlight on the city and for us, here at the Herbert, to be able showcase ourselves as a venue with the capability of putting on a world-renowned exhibition of this kind.”

The Turner Prize is renowned for bringing fame to artists such as Damien Hirst, Anthony Gormley, Chris Ofili, Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread.

Artist and media personality Grayson Perry won the 2003 Turner Prize, scooping the prize with his ceramic works.

Commenting on the reaction, Ms Nielsen said: “The feedback from visitors – who have come from across the region, the country and, indeed, the world – has been incredible, with many people returning for multiple visits after having had time to reflect on the eclectic mix of works.

“As the Turner Prize exhibition comes to a close it’s great to be able to reflect on what has been an amazing few months for the Herbert and for Coventry, especially as this has all been organised in the middle of a global pandemic!

“Once the physical exhibition has gone, we will be unveiling a digital version of the exhibition so that people can still have chance to experience some of the great work that was on display.”

The digital exhibition will be available at https://culturespacecoventry.com/turner-prize- 2021

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